We were so incredibly fortunate to get to spend a day on the farm this summer. We saw the amazing progress, met Nicholas and Lilian, and even helped plant fruit trees. Here is a brief overview of our visit:
First, Nicholas gave us a tour of the entire farm property. We walked the fence line and saw the progress in every area. It’s a beautiful piece of land with tons of potential. It is really nicely fenced and ready for expansion in lots of ways.
Second, we looked at all the crops – the current vegetable garden – and the location of the first soy bean field. Nicholas has the farm laid out really well.
Third, we helped him water a few plants – and quickly came to realize that a water tank & irrigation system is urgently needed.
Fourth, we played with the goats and learned about how they’re helping the farm – mainly as the “lawn-mowers” …and they do their job really well. We also met Tiger – the farm puppy!
Fifth, we helped plan 10 orange trees and several other fruit trees. We were suprised to learn that a mature orange tree in Zambia can produce 3,000 pieces of fruit! That’s a lot of fruit, but we need a lot to support the children at the school.
Sixth, we spent time with Nicholas and Lilian and got to know them a bit better. They are great people – and because of this job as farm caretaker they are able to send their children to school – we were so excited to hear that part of the story.
Finally we planted a nice beauganvillia near the front gate and prayed a blessing over the farm. It was a really nice moment.
We are so grateful for everyone that made the launch of the farm possible. We are excited about our “Phase Two” Campaign that will help us expand in new and exciting ways!
Here are some fun pictures of our visit:
We are excited to share another exciting update. The new vegetable garden section of the farm is ready for planting. Here are some fun photos.
Just a quick update from Esther,
“The Soya Beans are almost ready – faster than we expected. The seed covers are looking dry meaning that we need to start preparing for our first harvest in the days to come. Everybody at the Needs Care School is so anxious to see the harvest of the Soya beans, the children are so excited for this – they have developed an interest in the farm so much that every time I go out they ask, if I am going to the farm, and some have been asking to accompany me. Every time I arrive they ask me how the farm is doing, what I had gone to do that day, and a lot more questions concerning the farm progress. It has been so surprising to me because some of the children who ask me are very young, and I don’t even know how they knew about the farm project.”
Just a quick look at the soybeans on the plants…they are loaded! Rejoice with us!
Hi Three Esthers Farm Friends,
Big News – we are wrapping up construction of the Caretakers House. Here are pictures of the new house in the final stage of construction:
Caretaker Update: A great Caretaker is now on the property too. Nicolas Banda is the new caretaker. Here is a picture with his wife, Lillian, six children, and son-in-law & two grandchildren.
We asked Esther to share more about Nicolas,
Nicholas has been a local farmhand for 18 years. When we started our projects at the farm, he was there to help in lots of ways.
When we started the building of the Caretaker’s House I had all the construction materials delivered at once for budget reasons. To make sure it wasn’t stolen Nicholas and his Son-in-law slept outside to guard it. He has been helping with small jobs without any payment and no supervision. He is so trustworthy.
Nicholas and Lillian have been married since 1993 and they have six children. Their oldest daughter is married and has two children of her own. She is going to stay in their old house. So this is a great blessing to their family.
1st Crop Update: The soybean crop is coming together nicely – the plants are getting big!
Thank you for your ongoing support! There is still plenty of work to do and your financial support makes that possible. We welcome your ongoing support!
David and Jason